Patricia J. Forte

Partner | Kitchener-Waterloo

519.593.3219

Portrait of Patricia J.  Forte

Pat Forte examines client issues through the lens of risk. Pat specializes in insurance defence and employment law. Her experience and practical, results-oriented approach help her to provide clients with counsel in a cost-effective manner. Pat is committed to keeping her clients informed on issues that affect them in the changing legal landscape. Pat regularly speaks, writes, and Tweets on current topics of interest and about emerging legal trends, including the “sharing economy.”

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Miller Thomson recognized in 2017 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory

In the recently released 2017 edition of the Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory, 79 Miller Thomson lawyers across 30 areas of law have been recognized for their industry-leading advisory expertise.  These latest rankings are the culmination of an extensive annual peer...

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Lexpert recognizes 80 Miller Thomson lawyers

Miller Thomson is pleased to announce 80 lawyers across ten of our offices are recognized in the 2016 edition of The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as leading practitioners in their field. Published annually since 1997, The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory...

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Strong Women. Strong Canada.

Miller Thomson is proud to acknowledge the key role women play in our firm’s continued success. It has been an exciting year of exemplary achievements by our lawyers and staff. Browse the list below of lawyers who have received industry-leading...

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Pat Forte presents “Employing Rock stars: Employment Rights 101” at Communitech’s “How to Hire Rock Stars” workshop series

For registration and other information, please click here.

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Pat Forte speaks at the Human Resources Professional Association, Grand Valley Chapter (GR-HRPA) Conference on “Digital Dirt: Lessons Behind the Headlines”, regarding social media in the workplace. The conference theme is “The Everlasting Workplace”

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Pat Forte speaks at the Economic Developers Council of Canada’s (EDCO) Social Media for Communities event, on the topic of “Digital Dirt: The Lessons Behind the Headlines”.

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Pat Forte speaks for the Ontario School Boards’ Insurance Exchange webinar on the topic of “Indemnity and Waiver and Informed Consent! Oh my!”

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Pat Forte speaks at the International Association of Arson Investigators (Ontario Chapter) 2014 Fire Loss and Fire Code Litigation – Civil and Criminal Implications seminar on the topic of “Using Social Media in Loss Investigations.”

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Pat Forte speaks at the Ontario Bar Association Young Lawyers Division’s “Your First Civil Trial” on the topic of “The use of discovery transcripts and making objections at trial”.

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Pat Forte participates in an Ontario Insurance Institute webinar on the topic of “Employment Practices: Termination”

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Pat Forte, Tai Nahm, Andrew Roth, David Schnurr and David Woolford present at a legal boot camp and networking event, organized by Communitech and Miller Thomson LLP, for 50 start-up companies from Communitech’s Venture Services Group.

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Pat Forte speaks at the Ontario Insurance Adjusters Association (London Chapter) Trade Show and Provincial Seminar on the topic: “Using Social Media in Claims”.

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Pat Forte speaks at the Ontario Bar Association’s Your First Civil Trial program on the topic of “Using Discovery Transcripts at Trial and Handling Objections”

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Kids With Claims: Major Minor Issues

Pat Forte presents “Kids With Claims: Major Minor Issues” at an OMIA Workshop sponsored by Miller Thomson.

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Ontario Mutual Insurers’ Association: Annual Workshop

Miller Thomson’s Southwestern Ontario Insurance Group presents their Annual Workshop at the Ontario Mutual Insurers’ Association facility. Katie Quinlan, Bryan Horrigan, Daniel Strigberger, Pat Forte, James Prior, Teneil MacNeil, Talaal Bond and Caroline Meyer present at the event.

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Negligence 101: The ABCDs

Pat Forte conducts seminar for the Ontario Mutual Insurers’ Association Claims School. For more on Pat Forte’s expertise, click here to read her full biography.

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Ontario Mutual Insurers’ Association: Annual Workshop

Miller Thomson’s Southwestern Ontario Insurance Group presents their Annual Workshop at the Ontario Mutual Insurers’ Association facility. The lawyers presenting are:  Pat Forte, Randy Carter, Helen Friedman, Lori Sprott, Kate Waterston, Tim McGurrin, Gord Robson and Ted Madison.

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Social Host Liability Redux

Pat Forte and Ted Madison speak at an OMIA seminar on the topic “Social Host Liability Redux.”

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Occupier’s Liability from an Underwriting Perspective

Pat Forte and Randy Carter speak at an OMIA seminar on the topic “Occupier’s Liability from an Underwriting Perspective.”

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Rescheduled – Update 2011: A Review of Important Labour and Employment Law Developments in 2010

Miller Thomson’s Southwestern Ontario Labour and Employment group presents a breakfast seminar entitled, “Update 2011: A Review of Important Labour and Employment Law Developments in 2010.” This event was previously set to take place on Jan. 20 and was rescheduled...

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Update 2011: A Review of Important Labour and Employment Law Developments in 2010

Miller Thomson’s Southwestern Ontario Labour and Employment Group presents a breakfast seminar entitled “Update 2011: A Review of Important Labour and Employment Law Developments in 2010.”

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Update 2011: A Review of Important Labour and Employment Law Developments in 2010

Miller Thomson’s Southwestern Ontario Labour and Employment Group presents a breakfast seminar entitled, “Update 2011: A Review of Important Labour and Employment Law Developments in 2010.”

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Miller Thomson will be hosting a Labour & Employment Seminar in Waterloo on March 11, 2009

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Slip and Fall Case Dismissed on Summary Judgment Motion: No Objective Evidence of Unsafe Condition

For 9 years, Marian Hamilton resided on the fourth floor of an apartment building in Toronto.  In May 2012, at 67 years of age, she slipped and fell on the vinyl floored corridor near her unit.  She started a lawsuit...

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An Apt Decision: Ontario Court of Appeal Overturns Limitation Period Ruling

Introduction A recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision determined that a personal injury claim arising from the alleged disrepair of a residential rental unit is not constrained by the one-year limitation period prescribed by the Residential Tenancies Act, 2006[1] (“RTA”)....

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When is an LTD Claim Not an Insurance Claim? When it’s a Labour Dispute

Overview The Ontario Court of Appeal recently confirmed that a dispute about the termination of long-term disability (“LTD”) benefits could not proceed by way of an action. The plaintiff’s employment was subject to a Collective Agreement between the plaintiff’s employer and...

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When is an LTD Claim Not an Insurance Claim? When it’s a Labour Dispute

Overview The Ontario Court of Appeal recently confirmed that a dispute about the termination of long-term disability (“LTD”) benefits could not proceed by way of an action. The plaintiff’s employment was subject to a Collective Agreement between the plaintiff’s employer and...

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Heiner v. Pasha et al.: Claiming Diminished Value Under Ontario’s OAP1 Auto Policy – Redux

We recently blogged about the Small Claims Court decision in Renwick v. Allstate Insurance Company of Canada.[1] The case dealt with an insurer’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit on the basis that an insured’s claim for “diminished value”[2] under an...

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Insureds Claiming “Diminished Value” Damages under Ontario’s OAP1 Auto Policy [1]

“Does “damages” in its various manifestations in the OAP, the [Insurance] Act and the Statutory Conditions include Diminished Value? Is …[an insured] estopped from claiming Diminished Value? Is this a contractual claim defined by the statutory policy or does the...

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The Worth of “Diminished Value” Claims in Ontario

Introduction The claim goes by many names: “diminished value”, “diminution in value” and “accelerated depreciation”. The terms are interchangeably used to describe the economic loss of a property’s value as a result of the property having been damaged.[1] The concept...

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Employees Who Rent Vehicles for Work: Liability Insurance Implications When Accidents Occur

The frequency with which employees rent vehicles for employment purposes is a common occurrence. Amendments to certain legislation in Ontario introduced a priority scheme for liability coverage, and corresponding changes to the standard Ontario Automobile Policy reconfigured personal coverage to...

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Square Pegs in Round Holes: Adjusting Claims Involving Rideshare Drivers

CampusLifts. Haxi. Kangaride. Lyft. Sidecar. Summon. UberX. Wingz. Sound familiar? They are colloquially known as “rideshare” services or transportation network companies (TNC). TNC’s typically do not provide transportation services themselves. Instead, they provide an online-enabled platform to connect passengers with...

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Square Pegs in Round Holes: Adjusting Claims Involving Rideshare Drivers

CampusLifts.  Haxi.  Kangaride.  Lyft.  Sidecar.  Summon.  UberX.  Wingz.  Sound familiar?  They are colloquially known as “rideshare” services or transportation network companies (TNC).  TNC’s typically do not provide transportation services themselves.  Instead, they provide an online-enabled platform to connect passengers with...

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Court of Appeal dismisses appeal in employment dispute

Counsel to Goliger's TravelPlus and its President and director Peter Van Der Heyden

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